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2 Inch Mesh

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by coltsfoot, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. coltsfoot

    coltsfoot Out Of The Brooder

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    Is 2 inch mesh ok for a run? We have coyotes, racoons, foxes, badgers, and hawks.

    Thanks!
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Nope. It won't stop much.
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Mesh as in chicken wire? Definitely not. Chicken wire keeps chickens in, it is very poor at keeeping predators out. You need heavy gauge welded wire to keep out predators.
     
  4. coltsfoot

    coltsfoot Out Of The Brooder

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    HMMM, ok, I have enough welded wire to cover the bottom three feet of the run. Is that enough or should I consider doing the whole run with welded wire? Can coons etc. climb up and break in higher up or just from the ground? BTW, other than hawks, I've never actually seen any of those predators in my yard, just around town. I simply want to account for the possibility and keep them as safe as possible. Thanks again.
     
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    You need to do your whole run in welded wire. Coons can and will climb, as will possums. If you've seen them around town, they will find your yard if they haven't already. Just because you haven't seen them there, doesn't mean they haven't visited.
     
  6. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If you have those and there are any steams, rivers, ponds, or other bodies of water you also likely have weasels or minks.

    2 inch mesh is wide open for weasels, rats, mice, and snakes.
     

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